Profligacy


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Profligacy

Arrowsmith, Martin
simultaneously engaged to Madeline and Leona. [Am. Lit.: Arrowsmith]
Bellaston, Lady
wealthy profligate; keeps Tom as gigolo. [Br. Lit.: Tom Jones]
Booth, Captain
pleasure-loving prodigal; lacks discipline. [Br. Lit.: Amelia]
Casanova, Giovanni Jacopo
(1725–1798) myriad amours made his name synonymous with philanderer. [Ital. Hist.: Benét, 172]
Don Juan
internationally active profligate and seducer. [Span. Lit.: Benét, 279; Ger. Opera: Mozart, Don Giovanni, Wester-man, 93–95]
Flashman, Harry
British soldier wenches his way around world. [Br. Lit.: Flashman]
Genji, Prince
Emperor’s dashing and talented bastard woos many. [Jap. Lit.: The Tale of Genii]
Iachimo
scorns and craftily tests feminine virtue. [Br. Lit.: Cymbeline]
Jones, Tom
manly but all too human young man; has numerous amorous adventures. [Br. Lit.: Tom Jones]
Karamazov, Dmitri
lusty and violent in most of his actions. [Russ. Lit.: Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov]
Lothario
young rake and seducer. [Br. Lit.: The Fair Penitent]
Lyndon, Barry
from bully to dissipative rake and cruel husband. [Br. Lit.: Barry Lyndon]
Macheath, Captain
gambler and robber; has scores of illegitimate offspring. [Br. Opera: The Beggar’s Opera]
Rake’s Progress, A
Hogarth prints illustrating the headlong career and sorry end of a libertine. [Br. Art: EB (1963) XI, 625]
Santa Cruz, Juanito
loses his wife, lover, and esteem by philandering. [Span. Lit.: Fortunata and Jacinta]
Scales, Gerald
sales representative known for lavish living, gambling, amorality. [Br. Lit.: The Old Wives’ Tale, Magill I, 684–686]
Venusberg
magic land of illicit pleasure where Venus keeps court. [Ger. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 932]
Zeus
supreme of Greek gods; extramarital affairs were count-less. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 292]
References in classic literature ?
Did he caper for joy, when you remembered the profligacy of his only son?
My days, it is true, were still devoted to the tasks set me by my tutor; but my nights were given, in secret, to a reckless profligacy, which (in my present frame of mind) I look back on with disgust and dismay.
It was due, above all, to the great satirist, who alone knew how to use ridicule without abusing it, who, without inflicting a wound, effected a great social reform, and who reconciled wit with virtue, after a long and disastrous separation, during which wit had been lead astray by profligacy, and virtue by fanaticism.
He had found that among muffin-sellers there existed drunkenness, debauchery, and profligacy, which he attributed to the debasing nature of their employment as at present exercised; he had found the same vices among the poorer class of people who ought to be muffin consumers; and this he attributed to the despair engendered by their being placed beyond the reach of that nutritious article, which drove them to seek a false stimulant in intoxicating liquors.
They forget, or will not remember, that human sacrifices, and the power of an idolatrous priesthood -- a system of profligacy unparalleled in any other part of the world -- infanticide a consequence of that system -- bloody wars, where the conquerors spared neither women nor children -- that all these have been abolished; and that dishonesty, intemperance, and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by the introduction of Christianity.
He had, indeed, reduced several women to a state of utter profligacy, had broke the hearts of some, and had the honour of occasioning the violent death of one poor girl, who had either drowned herself, or, what was rather more probable, had been drowned by him.
some with the last lingering tinge of their early freshness almost fading as you looked: others with every mark and stamp of their sex utterly beaten out, and presenting but one loathsome blank of profligacy and crime; some mere girls, others but young women, and none past the prime of life; formed the darkest and saddest portion of this dreary picture.
Men who lived by plunder, profligacy, and riot; squandering their gold in doing ill, and propagating vice and evil.
Sadly, it is not good news for the city's ratepayers and taxpayers at all, as this funding is via the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, which in turn is funded from the EU's Regional Development Fund, which, due to profligacy and endemic fraud in Brussels, dictates that every PS1 pledged to UK projects has cost the British taxpayer PS3.
It's a pity the bankers who blew most of our money aided by the bonfire of regulations under Thatcher and Reagan have never been obliged to do community service to witness the impact of their profligacy.
SIR - What has been uncovered in recent years within Pembrokeshire Council, and among its leaders, is a salutary lesson to all the people of Wales - unbridled profligacy.
We are in the process of rising from the economic ashes caused by 13 years of profligacy under Labour, yet today we are still under the threat of a return to Labour governance because the electoral system is flawed and people have no economic conscience, and will vote for their own short-term selfish reasons rather than thinking about the bigger picture that will favour all of us in the long term.